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Sean Cowen
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UP: One of the Best Love Stories Of All Time!

The love story central to UP gets me every time. Many movies take an hour or two to get where UP gets in just a few minutes. 

The waterworks happen with this love story because many of us have been there at some point - finding that one true love that we want to spend the rest of our life with. It's poignant, and heartfelt, and very tragic - but ultimately a testament to the power of love.

Incredible work from Pixar - just incredible.

#pixar   #up   #carlandellie   #truelove   #lovestory   #adventure   #animatedfilm  
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+Carl Draper That's cool. We don't all have to like the same stuff. 
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Modern Mechanics 1931 High Speed Suspension Train Vision (Using Magnets!)

The vision was in place so long ago with designs like these, but today with newer tech and designs, we now have the vision of the maglev.

Maglev (derived from magnetic levitation) is a transport method that uses magnetic levitation to move vehicles without touching the ground. With maglev, a vehicle travels along a guideway using magnets to create both lift and propulsion, thereby reducing friction and allowing higher speeds.

The Shanghai Maglev Train, also known as the Transrapid, is the fastest commercial train currently in operation and has a top speed of 430km/h. The line was designed to connect Shanghai Pudong International Airport and the outskirts of central Pudong, Shanghai. It covers a distance of 30.5 kilometres in 8 minutes.

Maglev trains move more smoothly and more quietly than wheeled mass transit systems. They are relatively unaffected by weather. The power needed for levitation is typically not a large percentage of its overall energy consumption; most goes to overcome air resistance (drag), as with other high-speed transport. Maglev trains hold the speed record for rail transportation.

Vacuum tube train systems might allow maglev trains to attain still higher speeds. No such tracks have been built commercially.

#train   #maglev   #magnet   #highspeedrail   #transportation
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Thank the four forces its harder to obliterate knowledge now.
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These 53 Colorized Photos Will Change The Way You Look At History... Forever

Since color photography was rare until the 1970s, most of our history up until then is recorded in black and white. Members of Reddit's Colorized History board offer a unique perspective by presenting history in its full color spectrum.

#photography   #reddit   #americanhistory   #bwphotography   #coloizedphotos   #artist   #moviestar   #OldHollywood  

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Wow, fantastic find.  Lee Harvey Oswald looks ultra creepy.
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The Home Music Studio

Is this catnip to anyone else out there? Mine would have to be a bit more, er - organized, but I'd make this work. Ah, music!

#music   #musiclover   #homestudio   #musiclibrary  

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For some reason I can see +Phil Aston​ loving this room lol what do you think Phil?
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What I Want To Say To My Closest Friends Here On The +

F. Scott says it better than I ever could. If you knew what you meant to me, your mind would be blown. Night, all...

#fscottfitzgerald   #americanliterature   #quote   #friendship   #love  

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Thank you,my beloved
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Paintings, Murals and Scale

When I first saw this, I was instantly reminded of works I had always admired by Gustave Caillebotte, and of other artists who created huge works. People like Diego Rivera, who created enormous murals; and so many artists I observed walking the galleries of the The de Young Museum in San Francisco, or the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, or works at the J. Paul Getty Museum in LA. They always jumped out at me due to the scale. I stared at many of them for hours.

There was something I always admired in large-scale works, and that probably ties into my love of grand-scale architecture. The fact that I first wanted to be an architect, I'm sure, has played into this slight fixation with these works. 

In any case, I like work like this ...

#art   #largescaleart   #artmuseum   #largecanvases   #caillebotte   #diegorivera  

This work is called "Nonliteral" by Etwoo on DeviantArt.
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It's a Gallifreyan poem and it's bigger on the inside.
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Goodnight, G+. Pleasant Dreams!

Roaming dreams, intensely wonderful dreams - dreams that float like balloons or like the moon in the sky. Night, all.

#themoon   #dreams   #goodnightgoogleplus  

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Good night Sean!
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True Trust

It's really interesting how trust works in our lives. Sometimes it takes us years and years to #trust people in our lives, whether it's people close to us, or people we've just met. But then -- sometimes you know within 30 seconds that you will forever trust a person you've just met.

At least that's been my experience in life. I've traveled around the world and I've relied on the kindness of strangers more times than I can count. I've lived in flats overseas where I've had 50, 60 different roommates over the years, so trust is a huge issue for me.

I bring this up because I've spent the last four days working a booth in Fort Wayne, Indiana at their Home & Garden show, and trust was something I had instantly with the guys on either side of me. Each day, thousands of people have walked by our booths (over 15,000 alone yesterday!)

I knew, right away, in less than 30 seconds, that I had amazing neighbors.

I knew it with every fiber of my being. Strange how that happens - but you always know when it does. I knew that I could take a quick break, or be away from my booth and these guys had my back. They could make sales for me and collect money and everything was good. We had an instant connection.

I'm not sure if it's a sixth sense, of an innate ability we all have, but you can't deny that you know it when it happens to you.

One one side of me at the show, I had my own Jedi Master, Ed. He's a road warrior and has done hundreds of shows, He was a font of information and advice and we hit it off instantly. On the other side of me, I met +Ryan Meinika and we clicked immediately. I knew right away that we would have great convos, and I loved taking with him and his wife. It really is so funny how serendipity jumps into our lives sometimes. I shocked him on the last day and mentioned me and +Blaine Hall getting married soon, and that was fun. (I had avoided the "Are you married?" questions for a few days...) grin

He was genuinely surprised. We'll be at that same show next year since I hit an absolute sales home run -- but I wanted you all to know that if you're open to meeting new people -- the rewards can be incredible! Sometimes, in my humble opinion, we have to completely trust our gut and run with it. For me, it paid huge dividends!

#trust   #trustingpeople   #tradeshow   #convention   #roadwarrior  
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Love you, +Blaine Hall ... until we take our last breaths...
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Yoda vs. Aliens: Who Wins?

Check out this incredible piece of fan art featuring Yoda about to take on a swarm of Xenmorphs! The illustration was created by Toby Carr, and as you can see, it turned out really badass! I have no doubt that Yoda will easily take them all out. I'd just like to see it all play out! Someone please animate this! Cough, +Dunken K Bliths!

#starwars   #yoda   #aliens  

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Yoda Wins, Obviously
Aliens Win, the Beautiful Bastards
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no contest.
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DK Star Wars cross-sections for IV, V, VI

These are some fantastic cross-sections of Blockade Runner, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, T-65 X-Wing, BTL-A4 Y-Wing, TIE Advanced X1, and our beloved AT-AT. Enjoy!

#starwars   #crosssections   #tiefighter   #deathstar   #millenniumfalcon   #xwing   #atat  

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Wanna Have Some Fun With Me and Show a Buddy the Power of Google+? 

Add +Ryan Meinika to your circles and comment on his page that only has 3 followers and 706 views!

I'm at a Home & Garden Show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and I've been talking up G+ the whole time since he has the booth right next to mine. I'd like to surprise him since we've been talking about social media, and why I really like this UI, and the connections we all make here. He only has 1 - yes ONE - follower on his personal side. I think we can do better than that!!

His wife is fantastic and it's been a pleasure getting to talk with him about our businesses and a million other things. He's a proud dad and a hard worker.. Do me proud and let's get him introduced here. THANKS, EVERYONE!

"I’m Ryan Meinika, owner of Spring-Green Lawn Care in Columbia City. I opened Spring-Green after I completed college at Ball State University in 2005. Since then I have prided myself in meeting and exceeding my customers’ expectations by providing a wealth of services throughout Fort Wayne, Columbia City, Warsaw, and the surrounding area. Visit us online and see the difference we can do in your lawn today! "

#goobies   #newbie   #makingfriends   #goodguys   #hardworker  
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+Sean Cowen lol plenty of people I've talked with probably feel the same way. 
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Random Acts of Kindness

As a kid, I was the one who went door to door in my neighborhood with my orange box, collecting funds for Unicef. Later, I was the kid who was five or six that held a carnival for Jerry's Kids (afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy) and tried to involve my entire community. As a teenager, when I got confirmed in my church, I spent a year working in an assisted living facility directly across from my house, working as an activities director.

It was the hardest year of my life, but also the most rewarding, as I clearly knew that I loved helping people. It wasn't my life mission, but it was a close second.

As a newcomer on G+, I created a page called +Helping Others, a page that addresses and increases awareness of causes around the world. Full circle, people. Full circle. It's a huge part of who I am - and what I've always tried to do: to give my heart and soul towards making a better life for someone other than myself.

I love this story, and while Blaine and I won't be having kids, in my heart of hearts, it's something I always wanted. I would have made a damn good dad - and I would have been immensely proud of Xander and his sister!

#givingback   #helpingothers   #communityservice   #randomactsofkindness
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    Nationally launching new product line for Westar, the Pool Netr. A brand-new product for the swimming pool market. An official advocate for the Google+ Advocates, and an Official Google+ Partner.
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Big Bear Lake, California - Reno, Nevada - Huntington Beach, California - Prague, The Czech Republic - Sacramento, California - Gaithersburg, Maryland - Iowa City, Iowa
Public Speaker, Writer, Bookseller... Evangelist for Google+ and Founder of +Friday Night Sessions, +Helping Others, and +PORTFOLIO. Official Google+ Advocate and Google+ Partner.
About Me

As a member of Google+ Advocates (Official Google group (private) with 34 members worldwide) I always strive to help other people and I continually serve as an Ambassador for Google+. Now, as a member of the Google+ Partners (a much larger group: 15k members) I can help other Plussers with all of the facets of Google+ experience.

I started on Google+ back in June of 2011, and I think I've learned a thing or two along the way. I live on a farm in (I kid you not) Hicksville, Ohio. Surrounded by cornfields and soybeans. My driveway is a 1/4 mile long and the nearest neighbors are about a mile away. Yes, very Walking Dead isolated!

I tend to be an eclectic writer; I often post on topics such as world travel, NASA, literature, science, archaeology, steampunk, space, technology and sci-fi. I'm as apt to post about vintage retro robots as I am to post about a new tech gadget, or a book I've just completed. I'm a major fan of Tolkien and anything Star Wars, a fan of classic poetry and literature, and emerging writers. I'm an amateur WWII and Civil War historian as well.

My posts generally have some sort of wow or cool factor to them (I strive for the *fun and interesting* label always), and as I've done somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000+ posts at this point, I think I've put together a pretty good collection of writings.

My Social World

A bit more about me... I'm also a huge fan of photography, art, illustration, comics, music, and films. I've been a rare bookseller and book scout for over 15 years. Formerly, I lived in Prague, the Czech Republic (in Central Europe) for almost eight years where I managed a catering business, was a barista, rolled beer barrels in an Irish pub, wrote a few films, wrote a lot of poetry, rubbed elbows with Literati who visited Praha and where I was a bookseller at The Globe Bookstore and Cafe, the first English-speaking bookshop in Central Europe.

Places I have visited: Canada, Great Britain, Scotland, Ireland, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany, Finland, NASA. Places I have lived: Iowa, Maryland, Nevada, California, Ohio, Prague, and for one, brief shining moment, Dingle Ireland.

I created +Friday Night Sessions and +Helping Others, as well as +The Google+ Traveling Book Project. I am also a very active page manager for +I Am Sherlocked and the creator of the fan page for Ryan Van Sickle (a great Indie musician on G+). It's called 
Bragging rights
For 2012, 2013, and 2014 I've been an Official Elf for +Secret Santa. I attended the NASA Juno Launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral: lifetime dream fulfilled.
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